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speakers plugged into CD Headphones jack

By twuf ·
A client was using the headphone jack on front of CD Rom to plug his speakers into so he can listen to CD's on his old AST 486dx computer. The computer does not have a sound card or on-board sound chips. The computer was having cache memory problems which i replaced the cache chips and the computer is now running fine. Can speakers, even if they are powered by their own source,(not drawing power from the motherboard) **** the cache or motherboard?

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by jereg In reply to speakers plugged into CD ...

They shouldn't have any effect on the system. When speakers or headphones are pluged into the jack on the CD drive, they are effectively bypassing the PC entirely.

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by TheChas In reply to speakers plugged into CD ...

I concour with jereg.
There is no way any speakers, even connected to a sound card can cause any damage to the cache memory without causing damage to other parts in between.

You could make a case that if the power supply for the speakers failed,and placed a high voltage on the input cable, that you could begin to damage connected electronics. But, there are just too many devices between the headphone jack on the CD drive, and the cache.

It is just a coincidence.

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by b.scott1 In reply to speakers plugged into CD ...

Just to get people thinking..................LOL

While very, VERY unlikely.......it is possible to generate a static charge that could pass through a person, to the headphones and all the way to the MB itself. Especially using todays office chairs on carpeted floors and in dry conditions found during the winter months. Being a 486DX, this thing has to be 8-10 years old and just the right conditions could have caused static to build up and **** some weakened chips.

Just a theory, but I wouldn't worry about it repeating. If static is an issue, it could also have been from the person just using the computer everyday.

I wouldn't make him unplug the phones.

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